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(clip) coming home - homer's odyssey

A Staged reading of book 23 of the Odyssey.

Filmed at the White House EOC March 2012

Brain Delate - Odysseus

April Yvette Thompson - Penelope

videos
Added in July 2014

(clip) ethics at war - the story of philoctetes

A scene from Sophocles' Philoctetes from Aquila Theater's "A Female Philoctetes" at BAM, New York, April 2014.

Philoctetes Julia Crockett
Neoptolemus Michael Ring
Odysseus James Lavender
Chorus Leader Calder Shilling
Chorusof Veterans
Michael Castelblanco
Ken Goode
Marco Reininger

Asst. Musical Director/Flutist Zara Lawler

Director Desiree Sanchez
Composer/Musical Director Ralph Farris
Lighting Peter Meineck
Stage Manager Christopher Marc

videos
Added in July 2014

(clip) the dilemma of war - the story of ajax

A scene from Sophocles' Ajax - The Suicide Speech

Staged at the White House EOC March 2012

Ajax - John Meyer

videos
Added in July 2014

(clip) the idea of the hero - the story of heracles

The messenger speech from Euripides "Herakles"

Filmed at the Heraion, near Argos, Greece June 2012

Messenger - Richard Willis.

podcasts
Added in July 2014

a conversation with chris hedges

Listen to former New York Times war correspondent and author Christopher Hedges and Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives director Peter Meineck discuss The Iliad.

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Added in July 2014

ajax

Ajax and Achilles Gaming.

Terracotta hydria: kalpis (water jar)

Athenian Red Figure c490 BCE

H. 14 5/16 in (36.4 cm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

65.11.12, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Whitridge Gift, 1963.

The vase depicts the two best Greek warriors at Troy playing a board game. This was a common motif in vase painting and represented a lull in the fighting and the camaraderie of the two men. Although Bronze Age warriors, both men are depicted in the Hoplite panoply of the heavy armed Greek infantry from the period the vase was made, around the time o…

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ajax - full play

Go here to Read all of Sophocles' Ajax: Click Here

documents
Added in July 2014

ajax: the dilemma of war

Ajax is the greatest Greek warrior at Troy after Achilles and has served for ten long years. When Achilles is killed in combat, Ajax is not awarded his armor by the other Greeks. Ajax regards this as an enormous insult by the commanders and feeling dejected and abused he sets out to attack them all. But his plan fails when the goddess Athena deludes him and he sets upon cattle instead of men. When Ajax recovers from his god-sent delusion, sees the carnage he has wrought on the animals and that his attack has failed, he is plunged into a fit of despair, eventually resulting in his suicide…

organizations
Added in October 2014

american coporate partners

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities.

With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities.

podcasts
Added in July 2014

audio - coming home

Audio recording from book 23 of The Odyssey.

Voices of James Lavender and Julia Crockett

podcasts
Added in July 2014

audio - ethics of war

Audio recording from Sophocles' Philoctetes

Voice of Julia Crockett 

podcasts
Added in July 2014

audio - idea of the hero

Audio recording of Euripides Heracles

Voice of  Michael Ring

podcasts
Added in July 2014

audio - the dilemma of war

Audio from Sophocles' Ajax

Voice of Calder

videos
Added in July 2014

combat trauma on the ancient stage conference

Combat Trauma On The Ancient Stage Conference - Keynote Address

organizations
Added in October 2014

disabled american veterans

Disabled American Veterans is an advocate for veterans with disabilities, empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. DAV accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

documents
Added in July 2014

essay - heracles and the idea of the hero by corinne pache

The son of a divine father, Zeus, and a mortal mother, Alkmene, Herakles is often described by ancient sources as the greatest of the Greek heroes. When we think of Herakles (or Hercules, as the Romans called him) in the modern world, we remember primarily his labors, and perhaps a few other legends surrounding him, such as the one about how his supernatural strength allowed him, even as a baby, to strangle the two massive snakes sent to kill him in the cradle by the ever-jealous goddess Hera. The ancient Greeks also thought of Herakles primarily in terms of his extraordinary strength an…

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Added in July 2014

essay - philoctetes, a short introduction by paul woodruff

Can the demands of war ruin the character of a young man? Can an old man who has been isolated by the wounds of war allow himself to rejoin the human race? These are the huge questions that drive the last play Sophocles produced, the Philoctetes. The plot pursues both questions across conflicts between our common humanity and the harsh duties imposed by war, through the twists and turns of two stories intertwined, the old man’s and the boy’s. Sophocles is too wise to answer either question definitively. The old ma…

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Added in July 2014

essay - soldier's home by lawrence tritle

In 1925 Ernest Hemingway published Soldier’s Home, a classic story of the alienation of the returning soldier -his inability to love,his inability to find meaningful work. Echoes of Hemingway abound across time and culture: (North) Vietnamese veteran and author Bao Ninh’s powerful story of war and survival is little different from the testimony of the Greek philosopher Gorgias who,…

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Added in July 2014

essay - the therapy of odysseus in phaeacia by william h race

At the end of Book 5 of Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus washes up—completely destitute after 10 years of fighting and 10 of wandering—on the shore of Phaeacia, home of the isolated, but very civilized Phaeacians. They take him in, clothe, bathe, and feed him, devote their full attention to him, provide gifts, entertainment, and athletic recreation, watch him break down in tears when he is reminded of his past, listen intently to his personal story, even asking for more details, and send him off with a store of weal…

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Added in July 2014

euripides heracles - full play

Go here to Read all of Euripides Heracles: Click Here

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Added in July 2014

euripides’ heracles – a hero denied a family

Heracles (Hercules) was one of the most famous of all Greek heroes. The mortal son of Zeus, he was renowned for completing twelve incredible labors involving taking wild beasts and visiting the ends of the earth. In this play, Heracles has been away from home for a year trying to complete his final labor - an impossible journey to the underworld where only the dead may go. His wife, Megara, his step-father, Amphityron, and his children wait for his return and fear the worst – that he has perished and will never return. In the meantime, there has been a violent coup and the king, the f…

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Added in July 2014

heracles

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with Heracles and the Cretan Bull.

Athenian black-figure c 520-510 BCE

H. 15 5/8 in. (39.8 cm) D. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

41.162.193, Rogers Fund, 1941.

This black figure amphora is from Athens around the time that the early forms of democracy were put in place. Heracles was a popular figure in Athenian art in this period and may have appealed to Aristocratic families. Here the famous hero is depicted wrestling the Cretan Bull. This was the same bull that had been sent to King Minos of Crete by Po…

documents
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heracles: the idea of the hero

In Euripides’ play Heracles (or Hercules), the most famous of all Greek warriors completes his final mission and returns home. The goddess Hera drives him momentarily insane and in a fit of madness he destroys his own family. In Greek myth, Heracles is constantly denied the solace of a home and family despite his famous martial exploits. Euripides wrote Heracles in the midst of the Peloponne…

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homer’s odyssey book 23. the reunification of penelope and odysseus

The Greek warrior Odysseus has returned home to Ithaca after ten years fighting at Troy and an additional ten years struggling to find his way home. He has returned disguised as a beggar and finds his house besieged by gluttonous suitors vying for the hand of his wife, Penelope, and hoping to inherit his home and property. Odysseus defeats the suitors with the help of his son and his loyal swineherd and sets about taking back control. The goddess Athena restores his visage and he appears before his wife in new clothes, resembling an older version of the man who left some twenty years ear…

podcasts
Added in July 2014

iliad translation

Listen to Stanley Lombardo read excerpts from his translation of The Iliad 

Or listen Online here: http://www.parmenides.com/audio/index.html

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Added in July 2014

intersections

Intersections is dedicated to building respectful relationships among diverse individuals and communities to forge common ground and develop strategies that promote justice, reconciliation, and peace. We are a multi-cultural, multi-faith, global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest corporation in North America dating back to 1628.

"Founded in 2007, Intersections International is a New York based non-government organization (NGO) that works at the intersection of people and communities in conflict. We promote peace through dialogue using direc…

organizations
Added in July 2014

iraq and afghanistan veterans of america

"Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families, with nearly 300,000 members and supporters nationwide. IAVA is a 21st century veterans’ organization dedicated to standing with the 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives."

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Added in July 2014

library of congress

"The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people."

organizations
Added in October 2014

nyu veterans writing workshop

New York University Veterans Writing Workshop offers Veterans time a space to write and explore their stories. Returning students may apply for a year-long Veterans Writing Workshop Fellowship, which offers a generous stipend and half-tuition remission for the year, in exchange for leading a weekly creative writing workshop with a group of recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Added in July 2014

odysseus

Odysseus Returning to Penelope

Terracotta plaque

Melian, Terracotta c460-450 BCE

7 7/8 x 10 15/16 in. (18.7x27.8 cm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

30.11.9, Fletcher Fund, 1930

This beautiful terracotta depicts Odysseus coming home to Ithaca, disguised as a beggar and meeting his wife, Penelope, after twenty years away. He is shown approaching a mournful Penelope. To her left are Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, his father, Laertes, and the loyal swineherd, Eumaios. Odysseus meets his wife and maintains his disguise before he dispatches the suitors w…

podcasts
Added in July 2014

odyssey

Listen to Stanley Lombardo read excerpts from his translation of The Odyssey.

Or listen Online here: http://www.parmenides.com/audio/index.html

documents
Added in July 2014

odyssey – coming home

In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus returns to Ithaca after ten years fighting at Troy and another ten years struggling to get home. He comes disguised as a beggar and has to suffer his house filled with glutinous suitors vying for the hand of his wife, Penelope. In Book 23, Odysseus finally removes his disguise after defeating the suitors and struggles to reunite with his wife after so long away. This scene is one of the most moving and poignant in ancient literature and can inspire questions about how Americans deal with the …

videos
Added in July 2014

of dreamers and ravished minds - lecture by lawrence tritle

Combat Trauma On The Ancient Stage Conference

organizations
Added in October 2014

outward bound

Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

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Added in July 2014

philoctetes

Philoctetes on Lemnos

Terracotta squat lekythos (oil flask)

Athenian Red Figure c420 BCE

H. 6 1/8 in (15.5 cm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

56.171.58, Fletcher Fund 1956

This exquisite little oil flask depicts the Greek warrior, Philoctetes, alone on the island of Lemnos, nursing his injured foot. The rocky landscape and barren tree indicate the hostile environment of the uninhabited volcanic island where Philoctetes was marooned. At his side are the bow of Heracles and its quiver leaning against the rocks. A beautiful expression of loneliness …

documents
Added in July 2014

philoctetes: the ethics of war

In Sophocles' play, Philoctetes, a warrior is abandoned after suffering a debilitating wound while on a mission for the Greeks. Ten years later, those same Greeks find that they need this warrior to end the Trojan War. Philoctetes places the ethics of war at the center of its story. How can one retain a sense of personal ethics while fighting a war? Is one's personal integrity, beliefs and moral compass more important that the strategic aims of an army, or d…

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Added in July 2014
podcasts
Added in July 2014

scholar lecture

Professor Diane Rayor at Grand Rapids Public Library

podcasts
Added in July 2014

scholar lecture

Listen to Professor Laura Slatkin’s lecture “Gods, Warriors, Women: Exploring Identities in the Iliad” at the Brooklyn Public Library.’

podcasts
Added in July 2014

scholar lecture

Listen to Professor Kathy Gaca’s lecture, “Warfare and Sexual Enslavement in Antiquity and the Modern Day” at the Nashville Public Library

podcasts
Added in July 2014

scholar lecture

Listen to Professor Peter Meineck’s lecture, “Performing Homer – Identifying with Epic Heroes” at the Northcastle Public Library

organizations
Added in October 2014

service women's action network

Service Women's Action Network's mission is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.

organizations
Added in July 2014

society for classical studies

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded as the American Philological Association in 1869 by "professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science," is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations.

organizations
Added in July 2014

society of artistic veterans

Society of Artistic Veterans’ mission is to provide education and opportunities for military veterans who are pursuing careers in the arts.

SocArtVets strives to achieve our mission by creating and producing content that provides military veterans the opportunity to work in a professional artistic environment. We help produce veteran made content from within our organization as well as through partnership with other Veteran Service Organizations. We also partner with the civilian arts community on military themed content in order to provide authenticity to specific projects that …

websites
Added in July 2014

sophocles' philoctetes - full play

Go here to Read all of Sophocles' Philoctetes: Click Here

documents
Added in July 2014

sophocles’ ajax – the suicide speech

Ajax was one of the greatest Greek warriors who fought in the Trojan War. He was a grandson of Zeus and cousin of Achilles and was known for his huge shield, which he used to protect both men and ships. Ajax was a big man and was known as “the bulwark” or “the shield”. It was Ajax who prevented the Trojans from burning the beached Greek ships when they counter attacked after Achilles withdrew from the war. Sophocles’ play starts the evening after the arms of the recently killed Achilles were awarded to Odysseus. Ajax is furious and felt that as the best warrior at Troy after Ac…

documents
Added in July 2014

sophocles’ philoctetes

Philoctetes was a Greek warrior who had been bitten by a serpent while on a mission on the way to Troy. His wound became infected and the putrid smell, combined with his anguished cries of pain, led the Greeks, at the suggestion of Odysseus, to abandon him on the barren, uninhabited island of Lemnos. Philoctetes is only able to survive because he owns the bow of Heracles and he can sustain himself on the birds he shoots down with its arrows that never miss. Ten years later, Achilles is dead and the Greeks at Troy receive a prophecy that they can only take Troy with Philoctetes and the bo…

organizations
Added in October 2014

student veterans of america

Student Veterans of American advocates for Veterans in college and University.It is their mission to provide military Veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

websites
Added in July 2014

the odyssey - full play

Go here to Read all of Homer's The Odyssey: Click Here

videos
Added in January 2015

warstories: ancient and modern narratives of war

YouStories Presents "WarStories: Ancient and Modern Narratives of War," November 11th 2014 at New York University's Hemmerdinger Hall.

“Welcome,” Matthew S. Santirocco, Senior Vice Provost, Professor of Classics and

Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies and Peter Meineck, Clinical Associate Professor of Classics, NYU

“Opening Address: Telling Who We Are,” Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU

Aquila Theatre Presents scenes from “A Female Philoctetes” Based on Sophocles

“Response, ” …

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Added in July 2014

when war is performed, what do soldiers see and hear, think and say - or not say?

Lecture by Tom Palaima at the Combat Trauma On The Ancient Stage Conference

organizations
Added in July 2014

words after war

Words After War is an emerging literary organization with a mission to offer fully funded opportunities for veterans, their families and civilian supporters to share their stories. We aim to build a supportive creative community through workshops, studio retreats, literary mentorships and a writer-in-residence program.

We believe that literature is an invaluable art form and communication tool. Community is at the heart of everything we do. Literary programming is a powerful tool in building a healthier veteran community. Moreover, when veterans share their stories, a more open and…